Our film GUSTAV will receive its New York premiere as part of the Official Selection of NewFilmmakers New York at the Courthouse Theater on Wednesday 17th April at 8.15PM! www.newfilmmakers.com
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Gustav, (pigeon number NPS.42.31066), was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal on 1st September 1944, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross for delivering the first message from a battleship off the beachhead in Normandy while serving with the RAF on 6th June 1944. Homing pigeons in the war years saved quite literally thousands of human lives with their amazing ability to fly back to England with messages. Gustav travelled the 150 miles (240 km) to his loft at RAF Thorney Island in five hours and sixteen minutes, while facing a headwind of up to 30 mph (48 km/h), where his handler Sgt Harry Halsey received him. Gustav’s message was the first word of the invasion to reach the British mainland, due to the fleet undergoing radio silence at the time.
In this stylised documentary we follow the sentiment of the poem, Velocity by Ivy Ireland that gently asks, ‘Who is best?’ in vignettes that depict the ‘Nazi’ falcons trained to kill homing pigeons to a gas-masked, Alan Turing cycling to work and a nod to the huge role that women played in the codebreaking process at Bletchley Park – a vital role in the successful coordination of the D Day Landings at Normandy in 1944. Shot in B&W with unprecedented access to Bletchley Park, its museums and machines, HMS Belfast and accompanied by music, this piece is a cenotaph to: White Vision, Winkie, Tyke, Beach Comber, Paddy, Mary of Exeter, Gustav and the war pigeon recipients of the Dickin Medal.
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Something very exciting is launching this Saturday by our friends Matthew Glamorre and team at the Zero One Gallery, Hopkins Street, Soho W1F 0HS (Black door opposite the bins) between 8PM – 10PM.
Our ArtHertz / Ridley Scott Associates film, SONUS is being presented with a live soundtrack and intervention by the Matthew’s band which includes, Richard Torry, Neil Kaczor and the iconic Bishi! To enter: Knock 3 times on the black door – in the long brick wall – opposite the bins. When it opens say the magic word, ‘CoActivate’. All guests will be asked to give £5 towards costs.
Largely improvised and experimental in approach we disturb old habits and unlock new potentials. Our aim is to create new work and encourage connections between individuals and groups across the city.
Each action is 2 hours in duration, performed live in a small TV/ sound studio and broadcast to an invited audience, who observe the process on large screens in the adjacent gallery/ bar area. Performers and audience are connected and communicate via CCTV.
Guest performers and musicians interact with electronic soundscapes provided by the C-R-U-X house band, and explore immersive light environments created by guest mappers, interactive programmers, VJs & FX designers.
Performers, audience and crew mingle together before, during and after the show. The central motivation is to connect with like minded folk, future friends, associates and collaborators. Guests are invited to return on subsequent weeks to take part in the project.
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We recruit artists, musicians, performers, light designers, interactive technicians, mappers, film makers/ crew, photographers, hair/ makeup/ outfit designers, code writers, visual FX programmers and online activists. Be a part of the Co-Active now !
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A Night of Short Film and Music
Monday February 4th 7.30pm – Midnight
The Troubadour, 263-7 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JA
(FREE EVENT) Film, music and art hothouse, ArtHertz launches a regular West London night of short films and music at the legendary music venue, The Troubadour. Hosted by ArtHertz’ own, Dennis Da Silva and Tom Whelehan, the night showcases diverse work from around 20 independent filmmakers, musicians, and artists cherry picking from ArtHertz’ past events involving work by our featured director, Palme d’Or winner Ian Emes, (Pink Floyd animator & director) as well as new short film, music promos and art video. Ian will be screening three pieces with Flightpath Tegel (John Foxx), The Chauffeur (Duran Duran), Jagged Edge (Gary Numan) and will be taking a Q&A about the films.
ArtHertz has curated and produced events at Fulham Palace, Durham Castle, Bletchley Park, ICA, BAFTA, Dunhill and Apple Store and have provided content for international short film festivals over the last 5 years.
For further info and to submit short films for future events, contact: Dennis Da Silva [email protected]